Scuba Diving at Tufi

Tufi Resort offers a wide variety of diving experiences. These include diving the fiords to unchartered reefs and WW2 wrecks. Visibility of 30 metres plus and water temperatures of 26°C to 29°C are consistent all year round.

When scuba diving the fjords, experience the unique macro world and if in for a wreck dive you can check out the WW2 PT boat wrecks. Day or night you will find at the Tufi Wharf and fjords a wide variety of gobie, nudibranchs, mandarin fish, ghost pipe fish, pigmy seahorse and a plethora of other fascinating creatures. A wonderful array of sponges and shelf corals that line the walls of the tropical rainforest fjord presents a truly different diving environment.

Scuba Diving at Tufi

The outer reef experience is unsurpassed with a choice of dozens of world-class dive sites. Moor onto a few of our favourites, Cyclone Cay, Black Rocks, Stewarts Reef and Shark Tip.

Dive the famous Dutch cargo ship the “S Jacob” or Blackjack – an intact B17 bomber – as specialty charter dives. Spectacular marine life in abundance: schooling barracuda and reef fish, hammerheads, reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, grouper and cruising pelagic as well as soft and hard corals. A pristine environment unspoiled.

The fjords are excellent for macro diving with gobies, nudibranch, shrimps and clams. These animals can be seen by diving, but conditions are also ideal for snorkeling.

Because there is very little current movement in the fjords, many sponges and coral species grow prolifically and there are some very large sponges and shelf corals that are not common on the outer reefs.

5-10 nautical miles offshore lies a string of reefs – ‘bommies’ that come up from a staggering depth of up to 600 m to a nice safety-stop level of 7-5 m below the surface. The outer reef experience is unsurpassed with visibility exceeding 30m all year round and water temperature from 26-29°C.

Spectacular marine life in abundance with schooling barracuda and reef fish, variety of sharks including the rare white Hammerhead Shark and an abundance of little critters, ideal for macro photography.

The majority of reefs in the region remain unexplored and it will be some time before the full diversity of the Tufi reefs is known. The resort focuses on reef and muck diving and all diving is carried out under the guidance of PADI dive professionals.

The resort is well appointed with dive boats. Crystal at 30 foot, is spacious and has comfortable seating. The boat features a shower and toilet facility and is well equipped with all safety features. A cruise speed of 20 knots provides divers less time travelling and more time underwater.

All vessels are fully equipped with first aid kits and oxygen therapy equipment. The resort has four other smaller multi-purpose boats equipped for diving, fishing or sightseeing.

Diving Environmental & Safety Fee

The Environmental & Safety Fee has been established for two primary purposes:

  • To ensure the continued availability of a hyperbaric recompression facility in Papua New Guinea, help fund operating costs, training programs and to treat Papua New Guinean divers.
  • To sustain and expand the capacity of the PNG Divers Association to participate in a range of programs and activities in support of ensuring implementation of the Environmental Code of Ethics, and the protection and management of Papua New Guinea’s unique marine bio-diversity.

The E&S Fee is K20 per diver per day – it is NOT insurance but rather an industry support fee.

Hyperbaric Health Australia (HHA) operates a twin lock unit to international guidelines. This facility is centrally located at Port Moresby Medical Services with easy access to the country’s major dive locations. Port Moresby Medical Services is a private hospital with in-patient facilities for continuous patient care. Port Moresby Medical Services also operates a medivac service ensuring prompt delivery of injured divers for immediate hyperbaric treatment.

As well as PNG, Hyperbaric Health operates chambers in Australia and other locations throughout the Pacific and Asia.

In the event of a diving accident patients are accepted for treatment and HHA takes responsibility for insurance billing instead of charging directly at the facility. In the absence of any insurance coverage, the patient will be required to provide a guarantee of payment for services, prior to any treatment being conducted.

PNGDA & HHA do not meet evacuation costs, which can be high. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that divers in Papua New Guinea hold full medical and evacuation insurance.

The Papua New Guinea Divers Association thanks you for your support of the Environmental & Safety Fee.